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A new Swiss Guard takes his oath during the swearing-in ceremony (CNS)

Cardinal urges new recruits to ‘give witness to the joyful message of true life’

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he appears for the Regina Coeli (AP)

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Lyndon Miles, Head of Embryology and Andrology for IVF Wales at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff (PA)

Researchers have kept embryos alive in a laboratory for 13 days

Angela Merkel greets Pope Francis before the Charlemagne Prize presentation (AP)

Holy Father echoes Martin Luther King as he shares vision for continent

Stephen Bullivant, the director of the Benedict XVI Centre, speaks at its launch

The centre, at Britain’s largest Catholic university, seeks to ‘bring the riches of Catholic teaching into the national conversation’

Pope Francis embraces Maurizio Fratamico, with his brother Enzo, during a prayer vigil 'to dry the tears' of the suffering in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At a Year of Mercy service for those who weep the Pope said the ‘bitterest tears are caused by human evil’

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen (Photo: Diocese of Parramatta)

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen will lead the Diocese of Parramatta

Cardinal Karl Lehmann (CNS)

Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz said the rejection of lists of names showed ‘intolerable disrespect’ for a country’s Church

Pope Francis leads the prayer vigil in St Peter's Basilica last night (AP)

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A Christian neighbourhood in Aleppo (picture courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need)

Fr Alsabagh says all but the poorest have escaped the city and an ‘eerie silence, like a cemetery’, fills the streets